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What are the most important skills you should be working on as a designer? What are the tools you should be using? (hint: it's not Photoshop or Sketch) …

What are the most important skills you should be working on as a designer? What are the tools you should be using? (hint: it's not Photoshop or Sketch)

In this talk, I cover a few things he thinks every designer—and humans in general—should be practicing so they can do their best work.

From Lean UX SF Meetup, June 2014

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  • 1. Mindfulness, Soft-Skills and Design D. Keith Robinson ! ! Thursday, June 26, 2014 Lean UX SF
  • 2. ! D. Keith Robinson Principal Product Designer, Salesforce @dkr / dkeithrobinson.com / dangerismyfristname.com
  • 3. Salesforce UX
  • 4. SOFT SKILLS. PEOPLE SKILLS.
  • 5. “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations...symbolizing the elements that create truth and beauty.” - Commander Spock
  • 6. “Staying on top of the hard skills needed is a necessity in the short term, but one of the best ways to position yourself for success in the long term is to focus on the soft skills needed no matter what technology you are working with.” - Sean Blanda From: http://99u.com/articles/20696/you-dont-need-to-learn-to-code-other-truths-about-the-future-of-careers
  • 7. “Sometimes the most appropriate technological solution is a person talking to another person.” - Robert Hoekman Jr The Tweet from @rhjr: https://twitter.com/rhjr/status/464129645688799233
  • 8. “Getting the right people and the right chemistry is more important than getting the right idea.” - Creativity, Inc. From Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull (co-founder of Pixar) and Amay Wallace
  • 9. PRACTICE. ! PRACTICE. ! PRACTICE.
  • 10. THINGS TO PRACTICE
  • 11. BEING MINDFUL
  • 12. What is Mindfulness? ! A mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. ! Google
  • 13. BEING FOCUSED ON THE PRESENT
  • 14. Practical Tips to help you focus on the present: ! 1. Remove Distraction 2. Plan For/Against Context Switching 3. Reserve “Slack Time”
  • 15. Shoshin (BEGINNER’S MIND) More: Beginner's Mind
  • 16. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” - Shunryu Suzuki From: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
  • 17. EXPERIMENTAL ATTITUDE
  • 18. ASKING QUESTIONS
  • 19. “Asking questions is at the heart of collaboration, more so than any project management software or process. And if you want to truly collaborate, I’ve found you need to allow yourself to be someone without the answers.” - Jason Santa Maria From: https://the-pastry-box-project.net/jason-santa-maria/2014-march-15
  • 20. ACTIVE LISTENING
  • 21. BEING OK WITH NOT KNOWING
  • 22. “I’ll think about it and get back to you.”
  • 23. OFFER TO HELP
  • 24. PRACTICE SAYING THANK YOU
  • 25. PAIRING & SHARING More: On Pairing
  • 26. THANK YOU D. Keith Robinson / @dkr dkeithrobinson.com / dangerismyfirstname.com !